Natural vs Lab created stones

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Natural or Lab created?
    Always natural. Lab created stones aren't as good/genuine/other. : (25 votes)
    25 %
    Sometimes it has to be natural, but other times I don't care. : (23 votes)
    23 %
    It doesn't matter what it is, either is fine for me. : (30 votes)
    30 %
    I like lab created more than natural, they shine more/cost less/other. : (20 votes)
    20 %
    I wouldn't know or think to ask which the item is : (3 votes)
    3 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    2685 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    @HonoraryNerd:  I’m with you. If it’s pretty, that’s what’s most important to me. Science is cool.

    Post # 4
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    1931 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’m big on moissanite specifically because of rainbow sparkles and cost-effectiveness. Even if we had the money for a 1.4 carat cushion diamond, I dunno if I’d want to spend that kind of money on a piece of jewelery. Freaks me out, personally, but I drool over the 2-4 carat diamond rings my clients have! 

    Post # 5
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    4494 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I go for look & cost.  I tend to prefer lab created just because the stones tend to be clearer and the cost is lower.  I love sparklies, though, so I won’t say no to pretty jewelery no matter what it is!

    Post # 6
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    6407 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I have 99% natural gemstones and also a small selection of huge crystal jewelry. Crystal is, from my perspective, artificial, but the crystal stuff is so huge, there’s no mistaking it for a simulant of anything natural.

    Post # 7
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    2968 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @abirdword:  +1000

    I don’t place as much value on the origin of a gemstone as much as other people, thus I’m not willing to pay the price for a natural gemstone when I have access to a lab-created alternative that is physically, chemically and optically the same to its mined counterpart. The only time I would purchase a natural gemstone is if I can’t find a lab-created alternative that’s just as good, if not better (at least in my opinion).

    Post # 8
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    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I’ve seen many beautiful lab-created blue sapphires, and don’t have a preference either way.

    On the other hand, I prefer the color of natural emeralds to lab created ones.  I think I just imagine them to be darker and cloudier than is “ideal”.  

    For all other gemstones, it doesn’t really matter to me.  Most of my pieces are all-natural, but that’s more due to lab-created stones being bigger and put in bling-ier pieces while my tastes are much simpler.  

    Post # 9
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    101 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I wouldn’t call cz lab created since it’s a more of a simulate. I guess it really depends on the molecular structure of the stone. 

    Post # 10
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    1779 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 1997

    @HonoraryNerd:  I don’t care for lab made gemstones even though they are the same as their natural counterparts just artifically grown and without the flaws.

    However that being said, I care even less for created simulants such as moissanite and cz although obviously they fill a niche.

    I prefer natural although imperfect gemstones, which I find amazing, and really love!

    Post # 11
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    442 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m really not picky – I don’t really understand why someone would have a huge preference against lab created stones. I’m a fan of low cost! I go for look over origin.

    Post # 12
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    1787 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    All I care about is shiny. Doesn’t matter what the stone is.  

    Post # 14
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    6882 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

    I <3 science so much and love that lab created stones create jobs for people like me and provide ethically sourced shinies for racoons like me 😀

    Post # 15
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    4395 posts
    Honey bee

    i prefer natural stones–but i’ll settle for the lab stuff too 🙂

    Post # 16
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    5544 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Dont care, lots of gems are gorgeous and while if I am buying an expensive piece of jewlery I do ant it to be a “real” gem in the since not something like cz totally jacked with to look like an emerald and sapphire but I also love lots of “semi precious” stones like tanzinite, or topaz. 

     

    Personally on precious stones, I could never afford nice ones pulled from the ground anyway and science is cool so lab grown is great. Also way more ethical and no destructive mining to get my sparkle. 

     

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